Councilor raises issue of public consultation on €2m investment in Swords Cycleway
A £2m investment from Fingal County Council is set to see a protected cycleway extended to St Cronan’s Avenue and Brackenstown Road, Swords, but questions have been raised over public consultation on the scheme.
he project includes the construction of over 4 km of separated cycle paths on the existing carriageway and the construction of 280 m of two-way “off-road” cycle paths.
There is also to be an upgrade to the junction of St Cronan’s Avenue and Brackenstown Road.
A new signposted toucan crossing on Brackenstown Road will provide access to Swords Manor FC and the parks.
As part of this project, a new mini-roundabout will be installed on Avenue St Cronan at the Lioscain crossroads.
Improvements will also be made to the Rathbeale Road/Murrough Road intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
The proposed works on St Cronan Avenue include: seven junction upgrades; repair of damaged concrete sidewalks; installation of terminals and marking of lines and cycle paths.
Ongoing works on Glen Ellen Road include: construction of a new cycle path; improved connectivity between existing cycle paths; Junction upgrade to Laurelton Estate.
Meanwhile, at Brackenstown Road, work includes: four junction upgrades; separate cycle paths; new 280 m “off-road” two-way cycle path; improved walking paths; pavement resurfacing and improvement of damaged bus lanes.
The sanctioning authority for the scheme is the National Transport Authority, with funding from the 2022 Sustainable Transport Measures Grant (STMG) scheme.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to incorporate St Cronan’s Junior and Senior National Schools.
Offering children an alternative ‘active commuting’ way to safely walk and cycle to school, the program aims to reduce traffic congestion, improve road safety and replace on-street parking outside school areas.
Stakeholder engagement included local councillors, St Cronan Junior and Senior National Schools; Brackenstown Parish Church; Dublin Bus & Swords Express; ESB networks; Fingal County Council Operations, Traffic and Parks; and non-statutory public consultation.
A non-regulatory public consultation was held from March 25 to April 29, 2020.
To date, NTA funding has been approved for the program and the detailed design has been “substantially completed”, incorporating the SRTS program.
Speaking at a recent local committee meeting, Cllr Ann Graves (SF) said she had a question regarding the public consultation process.
Prior to a recent meeting, Cllr Graves said, it had been agreed that a leaflet would be distributed to all affected households, but that had not happened in a number of areas.
She said there were a lot of areas where residents “don’t know what’s going on,” and she felt it was “very unfair” to expect them to submit a submission without having been informed of the details of the program.
Additionally, she added, Swords Manor FC had not been contacted and they would be “a major stakeholder”.
Cllr Graves said she thought the bid closing date should be brought forward to allow time for the flyer to be dropped off.
A council official, responding to Cllr Graves, said the closing date for submissions could be pushed back to April 29 to accommodate the filing of leaflets.
Members of the public now have until Friday, April 29 to submit their comments.